Posts Tagged ‘German Wirehaired Pointer’

Dog of the Day: “Minnie”

Friday, June 13th, 2014

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Andrew Fink’s new bird dog pup is “Minnie.” “A great addition to the family,” he says, “Our own bearded lady and my wingwoman to Plentywood, Mont.!” he says. Minnie is the Fink family’s second German wirehaired pointer.

Have your own bird dog photo you’d like to share? Email it to Anthony Hauck, Pheasants Forever’s Online Editor, at ahauck@pheasantsforever.org.

Dog of the Day: “Eli”

Monday, May 12th, 2014

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Pheasants Forever member John Brooker of Casper, Wyoming, adopted “Eli,” a 13-month-old German wirehaired pointer. “This was Eli’s second time hunting,” Booker says, “During the 2013 season, he proved to be a great bird dog.”

Have your own bird dog photo you’d like to share? Email it to Anthony Hauck, Pheasants Forever’s Online Editor, at ahauck@pheasantsforever.org.

Breed Breakdown: Which Wirehair is Which?

Monday, April 21st, 2014

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From left, the wirehaired pointing griffon, Deutsch Drahthaar and German wirehair.

To some people, wirehaired pointing griffons and German wirehaired pointers look similar. Both are outstanding versatile dogs, capable of rigorous upland bird work and waterfowl retrieving. Both have remarkable coats that can handle the cold and both have expressive faces characterized by shaggy mustaches and eyebrows. Puppy buyers sometimes confuse the two, but the truth is they are distinctly different breeds.

The German wirehaired pointer was developed through decades of crossbreeding dogs such as stichelhaars, pudelpointers and German shorthairs. They are strong, athletic, and physically designed to run and swim with exceptional control. They can find and point birds, track wounded game, and retrieve equally well on land or water. Personality-wise, German wirehairs can be intense, but they also are extremely biddable and learn quickly. Rarely are they “soft” dogs, which means novice trainers can make mistakes and the dogs will easily recover and relearn.

The Verein Deutsch Drahthaar is the breed’s parent club in Germany. Dogs bred under the VDD breeding regulations are called “Deutsch Drahthaars” to differentiate them from those bred outside the VDD under other registries such as the North American Versatile Hunting Dog Association or the American Kennel Club. Beyond that, the German wirehaired pointer and the Deutsch Drahthaar are essentially the same.

The wirehaired pointing griffon was also initially developed in Germany by a Dutch hunter named Eduard Karel Korthals who combined spaniels, braques, retrievers, shorthairs, pointers and several other breeds to create an all-purpose gun dog. In France and Quebec, the breed is still called the griffon Korthals; in the United States, it is the wirehaired pointing griffon.

The griffon is an adaptable bird dog, designed to work efficiently with the on-foot hunter. They are not known to range as far or as fast as many other popular pointing breeds. Although historically the griffons did not have as intense water drive as the German wirehairs, excellent breeding programs in recent years have improved their water performance significantly. The griffon’s nose and pointing ability are comparable to that of a German wirehair, but their temperament is a bit softer and tends more towards dependency. They are extremely sociable and people-oriented.

Physically, the griffon body shape is less defined than the German wirehair – the chest is not as deep or the waist arch as high. Griffons have bigger heads and more “furniture,” the shaggy long hair on their ears, muzzle and most notably the eyebrows. All griffons have thick full coats which can take up to three years to completely come in. The German wirehairs’ coats vary in length and fluff, but are tighter and lie flatter than a griff’s.

Griffons’ coloring varies from brown and brown/white/gray to tri-color and orange-and-white. Black or curly coats are not standard for the breed. German wirehairs are most commonly brown roan, some with large brown patches and/or white chest patches. Black roan and all brown are acceptable by German wirehair breed standards, but all black coats are not.

As with all breeds, a description of temperament and hunting characteristics can only be a generalization. Individual dogs – like individual hunters – can fit the mold or break it. Generalizations do have merit, however, and it’s safe to say that both of these breeds make wonderful hunting partners in the pursuit of upland game and waterfowl.

Nancy Anisfield, an outdoor photographer/writer, sporting dog enthusiast and bird hunter, serves on Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever’s National Board of Directors. She resides in Hinesburg, Vermont.

Dog of the Day: “Katie”

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

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Robert Meyer says his three-year-old German wirehaired pointer, “Katie,” really came on strong in the field this season. The Pheasants Forever member and his “Velcro” dog, as he describes her, hunt birds near Evansville, Wyoming.

Have your own bird dog photo you’d like to share? Email it to Anthony Hauck, Pheasants Forever’s Online Editor, at ahauck@pheasantsforever.org.

Dog of the Day: “Rocket”

Monday, January 13th, 2014

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Bruce Galer’s two-year-old German wirehaired pointer, “Rocket,” found this limit of late-season roosters on a windy December day hunting in Minnesota.

Have your own bird dog photo you’d like to share? Email it to Anthony Hauck, Pheasants Forever’s Online Editor, at ahauck@pheasantsforever.org.

Dog of the Day: “Kaya”

Monday, January 6th, 2014

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“Kaya,” Jared Erickson’s four-year-old German wirehaired pointer, found a pair of roosters in November of 2013 in central Minnesota.

Have your own bird dog photo you’d like to share? Email it to Anthony Hauck, Pheasants Forever’s Online Editor, at ahauck@pheasantsforever.org

Dog of the Day: “Roxie”

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

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WyoWire’s Foxie Roxie aka “Roxie” is Lisa Uhrich’s five-month-old German wirehaired pointer. She’s also known around the house as “Rock Auto.” “She’s on autopilot in the field and at only five months has already had over 100 birds shot over her, many of those pointed and retrieved by her,” Uhrich says, including these roosters taken on a frigid December Wyoming day.

Have your own bird dog photo you’d like to share? Email it to Anthony Hauck, Pheasants Forever’s Online Editor, at ahauck@pheasantsforever.org.

Dog of the Day: “Remi”

Monday, September 9th, 2013

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Scott Cresswell’s three-year-old German wirehaired pointer, “Remi,” pointed this wild pheasant in eastern Washington.

Have your own bird dog photo you’d like to share? Email it to Anthony Hauck, Pheasants Forever’s Online Editor, at ahauck@pheasantsforever.org.

Dog of the Day: “Knucklez”

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

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“Knucklez” is Mitch Legault’s five-year-old German wirehaired pointer. Legault is Pheasants Forever member from Winnipeg. “This is one of my favorite pictures of him,” Legault says of his hunting buddy, whose full name is “Chump Changes Two the Max.”

Have your own bird dog photo you’d like to share? Email it to Anthony Hauck, Pheasants Forever’s Online Editor, at ahauck@pheasantsforever.org.

Summer Dog Training: The Show Must Go On

Tuesday, August 6th, 2013

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Photo by Nancy Anisfield / Anisfield Hunting Dog Photography

Hot, hot, hot…and rain, rain, rain. “Rimfire’s” growing green; “Tank” has sprouted mushrooms.  Coyotes left very weird white turds in the driveway. The sumac is turning yellow, and we’re growing gills and fins all around.

Nevertheless, dog training must go on. With my German shorthaired pointer, “Scratch,” and Terry’s German wirehaired pointer, “Rudder,” going to the NAVHDA Invitational in September, on test day we face an hour braced field run, 100-yard blind retrieve across water to the other bank, double marked retrieves, off lead heeling, and honoring another dog’s water retrieve. No e-collars on test day, commands minimal.

Translation: We’ve got a lot of work to do.

Training dogs in hot weather presents new challenges. While it’s conditioning to practice in the heat, it gives us something else to worry about besides how clean the retrieves are or if they’re backing consistently. I noticed recently the most worrisome part wasn’t while they were running in the field, it was afterwards. In the field, I felt the heat, too, and felt more in tune with Scratch’s need for water or shade knowing that down in the tall grass, he was pushing through captured heat up to ten degrees hotter than I was feeling. When we were done, however, and he was staked in the shade or resting in an open wire crate with a light breeze blowing, I was amazed how long it took for him to cool down.

Tongue flopping from left to right side of his gaped open mouth, drooling and panting in heavy breaths,  he wasn’t in trouble, but he was hot. Really hot. I watered down his ears, belly and armpits but didn’t give him any more water since he’d downed almost two bottles during our 20 minute run. It took him nearly twice as long to cool down.

Conditioning vs. overheating – another part of the summer’s learning experience. It’s not without its lighter side, though. Who could blame a dog that retrieves the final chukar in the field (how does he know it’s the last one out there?) and instead of coming to sit by my side with a proper presentation of the bird, blows right by me heading directly for the pond beyond the trucks.

And there I found him, reclining in the mud like a fat lazy crocodile, still holding his chukar, cool water lapping at his belly… with a very pleased sparkle in his eyes.

Nancy Anisfield, an outdoor photographer/writer, sporting dog enthusiast and bird hunter, serves on Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever’s National Board of Directors. She resides in Hinesburg, Vermont.